Blue and Strictly Come Dancing star Simon Webbe flips switch on Crystal Peaks Christmas lights

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Families and pop fans alike flocked to Sheffield’s Crystal Peaks to get a glimpse of boy band legend turned Strictly Come Dancing supremo Simon Webbe flip the switch on the shopping centre’s Christmas lights.

Simon, made famous in boy band Blue, took to the stage in the middle of the shopping mall greeted by hundreds of screaming fans as he pushed the plunger and sparked the festive decorations into life.

Blue singer and Strictly Come Dancing performer Simon Webbe switches on the Christmas lights at Crystal Peaks.

Blue singer and Strictly Come Dancing performer Simon Webbe switches on the Christmas lights at Crystal Peaks.

The singer even found time to announce a brand new Blue album amidst the throng of cheering youngsters, mums and dads who had turned out to see the star in person.

Simon told The Star: “It is the festive season and I’m not surprised to see a lot of fans out tonight, it was great to see. It has been a massive honour to be here today, especially here in Sheffield.

“This is where my brother went to university and graduated, so it has a special place in my heart.

“The new album - all I can say is, it’s going to be very Blue. We’re still working on it but it will be delivered by next year so watch this space.”

The pop star is also working hard to stay in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, preparing to head to Blackpool for this week’s show.

He added: “This week is going to be a challenge. But we’re all just glad to be there and all we can do is dance!”

The star was not the only one on stage. Irish dance group McRoibin School of Irish Dancing, made up of youngsters aged six to 19, based in Doncaster, entertained audiences.

Band Zenon got the crowd going with their rock set.

Mum Claire Woodhall has two kids in the group - Katie, aged six, and Beatrice aged nine.

She said: “They were a bit nervous before but they really enjoyed it, they have trained for it every week. They were also really excited to meet Simon.”

Jean Craig, aged 65, from Beighton, said: “I think it’s great for the area, I come every year because they always have someone special.

“I love Simon Webbe as well, I came to see him!”

There was a ‘minor technical hitch’ which meant a slight delay in the lights coming on, but the event organisers dubbed the evening a success.

Centre manager Lee Greenwood said: “It was great to see so many of our loyal customers come out tonight and we were thrilled to give something back to them.”